Alex Cora Calls Out Donald Trump for Comments About Puerto Rico

Alex Cora Calls Out Donald Trump for Comments About Puerto Rico

The island formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study by researchers at The George Washington University. As time went by, it did not go up by that much.

President Donald Trump tours a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Maria, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Its inhabitants are USA citizens, though they are barred from voting in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said in a Facebook post in Spanish, "The victims of Puerto Rico, and the people of Puerto Rico in general, do not deserve to be questioned about their pain".

Earlier today, President Trump took to Twitter to dispute Hurricane Maria death estimates, accusing the Democrats of "reporting really large numbers, like 3,000", in an effort to make him look "as bad as possible". "In the real world people died on your watch".

"The aftereffects, people don't talk about that", he said.

"I disagree with @POTUS- an independent study said thousands were lost", Scott tweeted later Thursday.

Conducted by George Washington University, the study Trump is attempting to discredit as a Democratic plot was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, which revised its earlier Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975 after the study was published in August.

Trump bristled at criticism of his administration's handling of the Puerto Rico disaster as Hurricane Florence approached the coast of North Carolina with heavy rains that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the USA southeast.

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The passengers and crew "saved the lives of countless Americans and they saved our capital from a devastating strike", Trump said. He said the 40 passengers and crew on United Flight 93 embodied heroism when they fought back against the hijackers.

Ryan denies the figure reflects poorly on Trump, saying, "casualties don't make a person look bad".

At 6:17 a.m., Andrew Gillum, the Democrat running for Florida governor, tweeted: "No death is partisan and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico deserved better from @realDonaldTrump before, during and after the hurricane".

Interested in Puerto Rico? After all, the Harvard study found that the increase in deaths after the storm was mostly a result of the interruption of medical care.

"I hate that people make it a political issue", Cora said before Thursday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Rossello says, "It's not a time to fight, to have political noise, to use these things for the benefit of one party or another".

"Simply put: delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality". He also said he thought Trump "sees every attack on him as sort of undercutting his legitimacy". She also tweeted, "Damn it: this is NOT about politics this was always about SAVING LIVES".

Trump tweeted Thursday as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas.

"We agree that no estimates regarding loss of life have been inflated and we remain focused on ensuring a full recovery for the island and creating more economic opportunities for those arriving in Florida", Cortes said in an email. He also trafficked in racist stereotypes about lazy Latinos by suggesting that people in Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort". A study published in 2014, nearly a full decade after the hurricane left huge swaths of New Orleans flooded and hospitals without power, attributed 1,170 deaths to Hurricane Katrina - 184 more than a widely cited 2008 study on the subject, thanks to new availability of autopsy data.

State and local officials are responsible for establishing death tolls, not the federal government.

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